“Progressive” States Have the Greatest Income Inequality

Posted by on Feb 03 2015 | Economic LIberties, Economics, Politics

The percentage of total income received by the top one percent of income earners is a commonly-used measure of income inequality.

The Wall Street Journal recently published a list showing how each state, together with the District of Columbia ranks on this index.

Funny thing: Deep blue states—those dominated by Democrats and liberal Republicans—make up a disproportionate share of the states with the greatest inequality.

In order, the top “income inequality” jurisdictions are:

Connecticut
New York
Wyoming
Florida
Nevada
Massachusetts
D.C.
Illinois
California
New Jersey.

It’s easy to explain why Wyoming, Florida, and Nevada are on the list: Those three are among the relatively few states without a personal income tax, so the wealthy might be expected to shelter income there.

But all the rest are solidly “progressive” jurisdictions.

If “progressives” have the answer to income inequality, then how come there is so much income inequality where they are in charge?

The answer, of course, is that “progressive” policies really don’t cure inequality. They aggravate inequality. Policies of government control and and crony capitalism benefit those rich enough to buy influence in the political system and use it to smother the rest of us.

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